"I could not read now those chapters without being impressed by the accuracy of De Filippi's descriptions of the great v
The Italian Expedition to the Himalaya, Karakoram and Eastern Turkestan
(1913-1914). London Edward Arnold 1932
First edition, pp.xvi, 528, 2 colour plates, 15 folding panoramas (8 on 6 sheets in pocket), over 300 illustrations, 4 maps in colour (2 large folding in pocket). A very good copy in original cloth.
Filippo De Filippi (1869–1938) was an Italian doctor, mountaineer and explorer. In this book he he provides a detailed description of the Italian expedition he led in 1913-14 from India through Kashmir, Baltistan and Ladakh, to Yarkand, Kashgar and Andijan. He spent the winter in Skardu, and some two months in Leh. The scientific results were published separately in a series of volumes in Italian. "His exceptional powers of rapid and yet true observation and the thorough care taken by him in checking and recording them reveal themselves most clearly by the full description which in chapters II-IX he devotes to the journey through Kashmir, the Indus valley and Baltistan. It is ground with much of which prolonged labours, antiquarian and topographical, in Kashmir have familiarized me. I could not read now those chapters without being impressed by the accuracy of De Filippi's descriptions of the great valleys traversed, by the lucid analysis of their geographical features and the careful attention paid to the anthropology, the character and the historical past of their populations." – Aurel Stein in his obituary of Filippo di Filippi published in The Alpine Journal, November 1939.